Review: Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 10
Language: English
Online Release Date: 27-APR-2020
Platform: Netflix
Age Suitability: 16+
PDF & WMR Rating: 3.75 on 5

About the Series:
Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age story that flashes back to the classic sitcoms of the 90s era but blossoms into something that reflects what teens are going through now. Series created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, stars Indian-Canadian newcomer Maithreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi supported by Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani, who plays Devi’s mom and older cousin – Kamala, Ramona Young & Lee Rodriguez as besties Eleanor and Fabiola respectively. Devi’s inner life is narrated by legendary tennis champion John McEnroe – a choice that makes sense once you watch the series and it feels fresh. Series takes place in the cumbersome transition period known as sophomore year and streamlines into a deeply moving exploration of a high school teenage girl falling apart because she can’t bear to deal with her grief and gets herself into difficult situations. The true strength of the series lies the fact that it never lets any of its characters off the hook. A well paced series gets highlighted into two halves – Devi’s daily conflicts with her overprotective mother Nalini (played by Poorna Jagannathan) and another revolves around her high school buddies Eleanor and Fabiola (played by Ramona Young & Lee Rodriguez). Even when both halves gets a bit predictable, in terms of teen relationships and parental conflicts, it till remains endearing with originality and fun little quirks.

Performance & Technical Review:
Newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan dominates the show. She’s perfectly cast as Devi, a character who feels far more realistic dealing with culture, identity and high-school woes. The three actresses – Maithreui Ramakrishnan, Ramona Young & Lee Rodriguez are so perfectly in sync as if they’ve known each other forever and, enhancing the reliability quotient. Together, the trio are insuperable and supportive. Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani are notable standouts in the cast and plays their roles at par. The music in the show is a delight – it is peppy and retains the colour and flavour that the writers have brought to the setting.

Overall Review:
Never Have I Ever is teenage coming-of-age comedy that may not be a perfect, but its still engaging and fun to watch. This lock-down, relive the High School Years through the eyes of an Indian American Teenager – An easy and affable watch.

PDF & WMR Rating: 3.75 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5
Cinematography: 3.5 on 5

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